Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and free spirit Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) both dream of a life beyond the stifling confines of their conservative Nairobi neighbourhood. From the moment the two young women meet, the connection is clear and their budding friendship blossoms into something more serious, forcing these star-crossed lovers to make an impossible choice between happiness and safety.
Adapted from a Ugandan short story, Monica Arac de Nyeko’s Jambula Tree, a national ban was enforced on Rafiki for its supposed ‘intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya, contrary to the law’. Such intolerance only serves as a testament to the unabashed courage director Wanuri Kahiu demonstrates in telling queer stories in a country where gay sex is still a punishable offence.
The screening will be preceded by a CineQ drinks reception held in the bar from 7pm.
Starting as a community cinema operating in Birmingham looking to grow appetites and audiences for Queer and LGBTQIA+ films and champion New Queer Cinema in the region - with a focus on the perspectives of Queer Trans and Intersex People of Colour (QTIPOC) - CineQ has now grown into a two day festival. CineQ Queer Film Festival will run from the 22nd -24th March 2019. For more information follow @CineQBrum.
Midlands Arts Centre is serious about film. We listen to our audiences to ensure you get the cinema experience you want. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food and drink policy. You can find more information about our cinema refreshments policy here. You can also see more information about Relaxed Screenings here.